Modern Times Reviews

December 26, 2010
Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick.
April 27, 2009
It is a gay, impudent and sentimental pantomimic comedy in which even the anachronisms are often as becoming as Charlie Chaplin's cane.
April 1, 2008
One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences.
June 26, 2007
The picture is grand fun and sound entertainment, though silent. It's the old Chaplin at his best, looking at his best -- young, pathetic and a very funny guy.
June 26, 2007
It's the coldest of [Chaplin's] major features, though no less brilliant for it.
June 26, 2007
The opening sequence in Chaplin's second Depression masterpiece, of the Tramp on the assembly line, is possibly his greatest slapstick encounter with the 20th century.
June 24, 2006
Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime.
March 25, 2006
Do you have to be reminded that Chaplin is a master of pantomime? Time has not changed his genius.
October 22, 2004
Good physical comedy will always be funny, and Chaplin was a master.
May 6, 2004
The mechanical feeding sequence in Modern Times is probably the funniest routine in cinema history.
March 16, 2004
The film's structure flew in the face of accepted wisdom.
December 26, 2003
Modern Times is an ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of.
December 26, 2003
Chaplin's sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made.
December 23, 2003
Remains Chaplin's most sustained burlesque of authority.
May 21, 2003
The picture is a two-hour almost continuous gale of laughter with sidesplitting gags generously distributed throughout the five major sequences and the several minor ones.
May 7, 2002
A worthy last hurrah for an immortal character, for a great body of work, and for a whole era of cinema.
April 18, 2002
Children will adore the slapstick in this movie.